20 February 2013
6pm Drinks and Nibbles, 7pm Lecture
Venue: 6pm: Members’ Lounge, Old Government House, Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Princes Street, City Campus
7pm: General Library Lecture theatre B10
RSVP by Monday 18 February
Click on this link to register: http://savillekushnerlecture.eventbrite.co.nz
All welcome to this public lecture
Educational Achievement and Other Illusive Outcomes:
How the measureable overwhelms the immeasurable
Nau mai, haramai ki tōku ao paku e kī nei ko te aromatawai
How do we settle on what counts as having public value – on what counts for Quality in public service? Who has the right to enter into that discussion?
The question intensifies as public sectors around the world are slowly dismantled with too little public debate. We are too easily persuaded by tabloid headlines, ‘single narratives’ of failure and crisis — too easily deflected from a consideration of what we cherish of civic and public action, irrespective of economic cost. But the citizen receives too little information about public service to be able to enter into the debate, and we evaluators of public programs — those who collect that information — rarely make ‘best-seller’ lists!
In this lecture Saville will draw from his experience of evaluating programs in health, education, criminal justice and international development to look at citizen rights to knowledge. He will focus on schooling where questions of what counts as educational quality have historically been displaced by the narrowed and deceptive agenda of educational achievement, and where measured outcomes displace immeasurable richness of experience.
Dr Saville Kushner is Professor of Public Evaluation at The University of Auckland. He was nominated for the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) for his “contributions to social science” in the form of his writings and practices in the evaluation of public programs and policies. He has worked in a number of universities and for the United Nations. His work is focused on evaluation for democracy, and on children’s rights.